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Well maybe we did have a castle after all

This is a sort of retraction, but only a partial of retraction. The whole Moncur Castle/Moncur placename thing has been gnawing away at me and I’ve been doing some more digging, and it turns out there was an aristocratic Moncur … Continue reading

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Cinnak

Yesterday I came across an interesting early twentieth century package … interesting because of the way the design was printed over the corner of the package, unlike most other packaging of the time where the individual faces of the box … Continue reading

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Moncur castle (again)

While using the Statistical Account to try and find the locations of farms and properties mention in the servant tax records, I came across the following entry about Inchture from the 1799 appendix: which sort of vaguely supports my guess … Continue reading

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Not from St Cyrus after all …

More family history news: The family history legend had been that we had been tenant farmers for a very long time. Obviously not every son got to be a farmer, so some had gone off to do other jobs. So … Continue reading

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No castle, but an island …

Back on the family history front again … A few days ago I received an email from another Moncur – actually a Moncure – who’d found my blog posts and wondered if we might be related. The answer, of course, … Continue reading

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My very short career as a re-enactor

A week or so before Christmas I posted the following tweet: of me looking vaguely Dickensian. At the time it probably looked like a bit of festive fun – which it was. Recently they have restored the Victorian Fountains in … Continue reading

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Goosefoot and ground elder

Earlier today I posted the following tweet: in response to an article on Phys.org that suggested that goosefoot could form an important food source. Well, if you’ve had amaranth in an Indian meal, or eaten quinoa, you’ve eaten Chenopodium. Goosefoot … Continue reading

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